An Important Note Regarding Third Party AED Accessories

Cardiac Science PowerHeart AED G3 Battery

A critical part of AED ownership is ensuring the battery and electrodes are current and up-to-date.  Manufacturers of AEDs also manufacturer their own battery and pads that are approved for use with their devices.  When purchasing your replacement battery and electrodes, it is always important to know who you are purchasing these items from and if they are approved for use with your AED.  

An Important Message from Cardiac Science:

The Food and Drug Administration (Equivalent of Health Canada) extended market clearance for AED electrodes and batteries to third parties. Cardiac Science does not approve or endorse use of these third-party AED products/accessories–batteries, pads, cables, or optional equipment–with any Cardiac Sciences Powerheart® device. These third-party AED products/accessories are not Cardiac Science products or accessories.

Both the Cardiac Science AED warranty and indemnification are void when a Cardiac Science product is installed and deployed with these third-party AED accessories since the use of these third-party AED products/accessories may cause the AED to function improperly during a rescue.

Although these third-party manufacturers may claim that these products may be used in conjunction with a Cardiac Science AED, please be advised that:

  • Market clearance for these third-party AED products/accessories was secured without Cardiac Science council or approval.
  • Cardiac Science has not authorized any third party to manufacture and market its AED products/accessories.
  • Third-party AED products/accessories may not be compatible with Cardiac Science Powerheart® AED models or Rescue Ready® technology. We cannot guarantee that these third-party products have received the same rigorous testing as Cardiac Science branded products.
  • Cardiac Science does not guarantee the performance of any third-party products/accessories, or any AED utilizing them.

In order to ensure that supplies are authentic Cardiac Science products, please look for the Cardiac Science logo and their manufacturing location in Waukesha, WI, on packaging of their electrodes or batteries.

Certified accessories ensures reliability and that the device will be ready to use in a cardiac emergency. Iridia strongly recommends all AED accessories are approved by the manufacturer of your AED.  

 

Our AEDs delivered a shock to the BC Hospitality Expo

BC Hospitality Expo

The results are in; the 2011 BC Hospitality Expo was a great success! Tom and Julie had a blast as they met people from all over the hospitality industry. Fascinated faces looked on as they gave Automated External Defibrillator (AED) demos and enlightened people on sudden cardiac arrest… Apparently our branded pens were a huge hit as well; with some taking a many as they could get their hands on.

Global Medical Services definitely had some “wow!” aimed our way. “People were amazed at how small and portable AEDs are,” said Julie. And it’s true, if you have never seen an AED in action before it will really surprise you on how simple and easy it is to use. Our display was a real eye opener for quite a few individuals. It was not just the ease of use that turned heads, but also the maintenance of the AEDs as well. With 8 year warranties and batteries that last up to five years, we offer the full package.

During the two day event, Tom and Julie were asked numerous questions about AEDs but a few came up quite a bit:

Q – “Why do I need this device when I can just call 911?”
A – The answer is simple, on average it takes up to 9 minutes for EMS to arrive at the scene. By that time, survival rates can drop to nearly 10%. With an AED on hand a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest can be defibrillated almost immediately, which will give them a much higher chance of survival.

Q – “What kind of training do I need to use an AED?”
A – You don’t need any training whatsoever to operate an AED. The voice prompts will guide you and tell you all you need to know.

Q – “What about lawsuits, can I get sued for using this AED?”
A – Our Good Samaritan law protects bystanders who serve and tend injured persons from being prosecuted for wrongful death, unless they are found grossly negligent in their care.

AED education still has a ways to go. But hopefully we opened a lot of minds during those two days. Global Medical Services is dedicated to the promotion and expansion of AED programs. They are a very simple way to save lives, that’s the bottom line. Keep your eyes peeled for this sign:

AED Shopping Tips

When buying an automated external defibrillator (AED), choosing a model can be a daunting task. When evaluating a defibrillator, you don’t need an exhaustive background in electronics or cardiac medicine, but with a growing number of manufacturers and a plethora of models and features, how can you know which type of AED will suit your needs?

Keep in mind that all defibrillators do one fundamental thing: they deliver an electric shock that resets the heart’s natural pacemaker and converts an irregular, unstable heart rhythm to a sustainable one. To accomplish this, all AED’s possess three basic elements: a battery that provides energy for the cardiac shock; a main unit that analyzes heart rhythms and generates the electrical charge; and the electrodes, or pads, that deliver the shock to the patient.

These similarities lead some to believe that all AED’s are the same, but there are differences. The features that distinguish defibrillators are component quality, user interface, and innovations in technology.

AED Shopping Tips

Components

Getting to know a few simple details will quickly determine the overall quality of an AED:

  • Better quality AEDs use medical-grade, lithium-ion batteries and do not rely on any secondary source of power to run self-checks or power the unit.
  • Many units use a diagram to show the proper placement for electrodes and the polarity (positive or negative) of each.  The best public-use AED’s simplify this process and use non-polarized electrodes that can be placed interchangeably.
  • Most Health-Canada approved AEDs have been drop tested to just over a meter and are designed to survive rough treatment.

A product specification associated with durability of any electronic equipment is the IPX rating.  The IP Code is an International (or Ingress) Protection Rating and is expressed as IP followed by a two-digit number. The first digit indicates the level of protection against particles such as dust or dirt; the second gives the level of protection from water. The higher the number, the greater the resistance. Every AED has an IP Code which can usually be found in the user’s manual.

Usability

The most visible features that differentiate AED’s are those that indicated ease of use and quality of performance.  As public access defibrillation programs become more commonplace, simplicity in design and use become paramount.  There are a few factors to consider when purchasing an AED:

  • How many buttons (if any) do I have to push for a shock?
  • Are there voice prompts and a display to guide me during a rescue?
  • Will the unit’s prompts assist me with delivering CPR to the victim?

Many units run daily, weekly and monthly self checks.  It is important to purchase a unit that checks issues such as the presence of electrodes, pad connectivity, battery life and wire conductivity as they increase the potential life of your unit.

Time spent remembering or figuring out how an AED works and how to apply the pads can make the difference between a save and a non-save when using a defibrillator.  Features that limit this time are invaluable.

Technology

The most important component of an AED’s design is the technology used to deliver a shock.

There are two methods of shock delivery:  fixed energy and escalating energy. With fixed energy, a shock is delivered once at a given level measured in joules (J), and then subsequently redelivered until there is a correction in the heart’s rhythm. With escalating energy, if the first shock is unsuccessful, the AED progressively increases the energy of subsequent shocks until reaching the maximum allowable number of joules and redelivers shocks at that level.

When purchasing an AED, it is important to find a unit that is not only capable of escalating the shock energy, but of doing so beyond 200J. While an initial shock of 200J is usually successful in an out-of-hospital environment, there are exceptions and escalation above 200J is necessary to maintain success for multi-shock patients. In cases of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), refibrillation is not just common, it is expected… as long as the AED is up to the task.

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There are some costs associated with buying and setting up an AED. Making an informed purchase decision ensures that the hard-earned money you to spend will give a potential SCA victim the very best chance of survival.